Starting out in any profession is tough. When you have no formal training, are in a new country that doesn’t speak your language and are suddenly before a classroom of fresh-faced youngsters, things suddenly take on a much more sinister haze.
Georgia McCann, a fresh arts graduate with no…Continue
I threw this together pretty quickly (will remake better when I get time) but was reminded about it when thinking about how important "all in" is when learning. How important it is to shut off our conscious mind and let things in.
When learning, we learn more if we don't try, don't have our conscious mindkeeper on. (see this article). Same goes for teaching, we are better teachers when we…Continue
The case for participant-centered learning
This is an awesome lecture to listen to.
PROFESSOR JIM AUSTIN: The issue of teaching and learning is a very old issue. Around here at Harvard, people have been thinking about it for a long time. In 1869, one of our most distinguished presidents of the University, Charles Eliot, said, �Our major problem is not what to teach, it is how to teach it.�
And so that is a challenge that always faces every educator: How best to teach?…Continue
Today marks the 130th anniversary of John Milton Gregory's influential (at its time) statement about what teaching and learning fundamentally is - The 7 Laws Of Teaching.
Do you agree that they still apply to today's classroom and schooling? Which are true and which have not stood the test of time? H.D. Brown's more recent statement of the 10 Commandments of teachers and learners is also worth…Continue
I started the community School Of TEFL around the same time I started EFL Classroom 2.0, over 7 years ago. It was a place to enact my philosophy of "open teaching, open classrooms" and share what I was doing in my teacher training, directly with other teachers.
It is not used much but full, full, full of free materials. A great option for those…Continue
50 “Best Practices” For Language Teachers
“It’s a funny thing. The more I practice, the luckier I get.”
- Arnold Palmer
Some of my own and others - videos for professional development. See the Teacher Training page of presentations…Continue
More and more, I see a clear line between two camps of teachers. Those that view teaching as a profession, a way to make a living, what happens Mon-Fri. and between classroom walls, 8 to 4 (or chose your time) and those that view teaching as a vocation, a way of life, a 24/7, always on, way of being.
I don't think either is good or bad. They both have value and at the end of the day, help students. Plus, there is for sure, a gradient, teachers existing between the…Continue
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Browse the submissions below ( click the pic to start - click the ticket to gain entry and read).
The next edition will be hosted by Vicki Hollett and its about video lessons! Submit your entries by Oct. 31st …Continue
I'd like to share that with members of this community, so my leg work becomes accessible to you. To that end, I've started a new magazine, updated daily with new items related to…Continue
I've always been one of the guys screaming for a more student centered focus in language instruction. Especially with such a "human" and "deep" subject as language -- a social oriented subject -- this has to be the case. We learn language by social interaction - the research is unequivical on this point. If a baby has no social interaction or little, their language skills are…Continue
I usually don't write too much about the other things I read on the web. I find for the most part, a dearth of really good writing about language and especially teaching language. Not being elitist but most often the underlying ethos is focused on delivering lessons in a "studious"…
A short reminder of how powerful a few words of encouragment can be for our students. Often maligned, I'm one that thinks we can't praise enough -just have to do it well and purposefully. Here are a few tips I have regarding Praise in the Classroom. …Continue
Here is a presentation / story that I play often to begin the school year or at the end for graduating teachers in…Continue
I've written about google before - all that you can do there and what it offers.
Today, just have some questions to throw out there after rewatching a fav. singer Raul Midon and his "All The…Continue
A few photos to outline some of the basic things we should think of when putting together our lessons. Over time, these don't have to be thought of consciously - they'll be automatically part of our belief system and unconscious actions as a teacher.
A new school year or semester on the horizon can be overwhelming. So much to…Continue
I made a previous blog post / poem along these lines.
Returning to this and will blog fully about it with a video version of the cover song for education. Also, a post about peace - a lot to say about our failure as educators in this regard. Let's imagine ....…Continue